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the u.s. and allies turn up the heat on the taliban. how the major offense if in southern afghanistan is going. southern states are not getting a lot of time to cope with last week's heavy snowfall. we'll let you know when the next winter storm will blanket the south. and director kevin smith is a big man in the world of independent films, but too big it seems for one airline. find out why the director of "clerks" got kicked off a plane. 15,000 coalition fighters
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are attacking the taliban from the air and ground for a second straight day today. the offensive, called operation mostarak, was launched early yesterday. those coalition forces include americans, british, danes,est to and estonians. >> our plans called for clearing the area, holding the area, and providing building for the people. better security, better economic opportunities, better governments, more of an afghan face, and eventually transitioning to full afghan sovereignty in those provinces. >> a u.s. military official says a u.s. marine and a british soldier were killed hours into that offensive. an afghan spokesman says 27 taliban fighters have been killed.
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nato forces announced the offensive before it started so innocent people could get out of harm's way. two rockets fired by coalition forces missed their intended target and killed 12 civilians. the police chief in braintree, massachusetts, says amy bishop anderson shot and killed her brother there in 1986 but was released. some records call the shooting an accident, but he thinks some things don't add up. another investigator told him anderson shot her brother during an argument. the chief says anderson was released when a former police chief told officers to let her go. the former chief denies that, and the case was referred to a prosecutor. >> there was a question. that's why we left it up to the d.a. because it would have been up to them anywhere. when there is a shooting, a possible homicide, possible
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murder, one degree or another, or manslaughter, we thought it best be done by handing it over to the d.a., having an inquest and making a determination. as a result of the inquest, there was no complaint issued. >> anderson's mom served on the police personnel board back then, and the former chief denies she had any influence on the investigation and says there was no coverup. anderson is facing capital murder charges for allegedly killing three faculty members at the university of alabama huntsville campus on friday. the campus will reopen for faculty yet this week, but no classes yet. this case stands out from most mass shootings because the suspect is a woman. we'll examine that aspect with psychologist stacy kaiser. police were shocked, because you don't often associate this kind
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of violent behavior with women, do you, stacy? >> you absolutely don't. and that's for a couple of reasons. women tend not to be aggressive. they tend to be passive aggressive. when we're angry, we'll steal someone's paperwork that they need behind their back so they don't have it, we'll talk on our girlfriend, we don't become aggressive. we don't have the testosterone running through our bodies like men do. >> knowing that they may have killed her brother years ago, does that change the profile? >> if the killing wasn't accidental if she actually did do it on purpose it shows a pattern, that she has the capability of-to-do something like that. >> looking at the situation, what would cause somebody to go that far to actually shoot somebody in cold blood? >> well, the first thing is mental illness, so if she's
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having any level of that, that's what we would be looking for. if it isn't mental illness, it's a buildup of rage and anger and someone that doesn't have coping skills to deal with that. >> thank you, stacy kaiser, for weighing in on this terrible tragedy. a lot of places that are not used to getting snow have really had their fill of it this weekend and guess what? they are about to get more. winter weather advisories in effect for a large section of the south and another winter storm on its way. forecasters warning people in the carolinas to be alert to freezing roads, and they are warning people in mississippi, alabama and georgia, to look out for more snow. advisories are up across the southeast. heavy snowfall is a rare treat for a lot of kids in the south, and it could just be another snow day. the snowfall in dallas was heavy enough to collapse a church roof. the sanctuary roof came down under the weight of about a foot
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of snow. church members say they are glad this happened when the building was empty. >> the blessing is that nobody was here, nobody was hurt. you know, because right there is where i sit, right on the third row, you have to look on the bright side of every dark situation. >> the cave-in was discovered on friday, and other areas of the church were not damaged. two people were killed, and one is missing, two separate avalanches in alaska. one of the men killed was jim bowles, head of alaska operations for conocophilips. he was buried in an avalanche near spencer glacier. another man is still missing. and in another avalanche, a man cross-country skiing with his dog was killed. the dog managed to escape. police in washington state are looking for a suspect who shot a state trooper. he was helping another officer
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with a suspected dwi case and was waiting for a tow truck driver when he was shot. >> trooper johnson was able to return fire. we do not know if the suspect was hit. but the suspect fled the scene. the to you truck driver very courageously did take off and follow the suspect. >> the trooper is in stable condition in a portland hospital. toyota says an independent inspection of cars did not find any problems with the electronic throttle controls. the carmaker posted findings of an independent engineering consulting firm that it hired on its website. the firm analyzed toyota and lexus vehicles linked to unintended acceleration. and that report says the cars behavior normally or entered a fail safe mode awhere engine power was shut off or reduced.
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a tour bus in country singer's trace adkins' entourage collided with a shreveport yesterday. adkins was not on the bus. but five members 6 hof his band and crew had injuries. he canceled a concert in florida for tonight and scaled down another show. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space so astronauts can do more work on the international space station. two "endeavour" astronauts completed a six-hour space walk. "endeavour" is scheduled to return on february 21st. a famous director was kicked
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off a flight because of his size. is that fair or discrimination? your views, next.
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team usa has its first gold at the winter games in vancouver. skier hahn yach kearney won the women's moguls title. and shannon bahrke took bronze, and jenn heil of canada took silver. kearney is the first united states woman to take the gold since 1992. police arrested seven people when protesters in vancouver turned violent yesterday. officers say some protesters started smashing windows and threatening bystanders. police crowd control unit broke in to break up 200 protesters. only a small number of them are causing trouble. >> 10 or 20 are destroying
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property. i saw protesters trying to stop these 10 or 20. >> many groups are using the olympics to promote their causes. criminals often mix in with legitimate protesters and police are blaming yesterday's trouble on "thugs promoting anarchy." harvard professor henry louis gates will have a permanent place in the african-american museum of history and culture. see those handcuffs he's wearing? gates has donated them to the new smithsonian museum. he tells "the new york times" magazine that the arresting officer gave him those cuffs when they met privately at a cambridge pub. isn't it so romantic when someone says tweet me? find that on this year's sweetheart candies. a huge valentine's day tradition. they held a poll and other favorites were text me, and you
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rock. new flavors like green apple, strawberry, orange are in the mix, and colors are brighter. if you want to reach out with sweethearts, there's even an app for that. and the candies have their own twitter feed. it's valentine's day, for those of you getting ready to or at least thinking about tying the knot perhaps, we have some enlightening thoughts from best-selling author elizabeth gilbert. she sat down with robin meade to talk about knowing your partner for this "live better now." >> now, would you think anybody thinking about going into a marriage with someone would say i really know that person. but you thinking about marriage were afraid that your spouse to be didn't know you. what did you do? >> what i wanted was the opposite of seduction. we already done that, we had an incredibly romantic beginning, and the whole point of romance is showing your best qualities. when it came to marriage and the
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pragmatic relates of spending your life with someone, i wanted to make sure i wasn't selling him a bill of goods. i sat down and wrote down my worst faults. and he did the same if i haven't been able to alter them in yourself, it's unlikely you will be able to change them. i think we have the fantasy of transforming our partners. >> what did that honesty do to your relationship? >> it took the pressure off of that fear that he would wake up and say, wait a minute, you're a little controlling. you already knew that. >> you kind of advocate the pro/con list, but you went with the con. >> we already knew the pros. the pros are obvious right from the beginning.
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the indian government is naming pakistani militants for the restaurant bombing that killed eight people. 60 people were hurt in that blast. the restaurant is a popular gathering place for people from other countries who are visiting the western city of pune. the bomb was packed into a bag left at the restaurant. a waiter noticed it, but not in time to prevent the explosion. ten americans jailed in haiti could hear tomorrow if they will receive bail.
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the judge has to decide whether or not to grant bail. ten missionaries are facing child trafficking charges for allegedly trying to take haitian kids out of that country without proper documentation. they say they were just trying to take the kids to safety in the dominican republic. dozens of people had to bail out of a train that caught fire last night. they evacuated when the loco motive caught fire in morrisville, pennsylvania. one passenger said flames shot 15 feet in the air and heat brought down overhead powerlines and they were live when firefighters got there. by the time the power was shut off, the fire did die out. the fire did disrupt amtrak service across the northeast. a pilot who lost power on the way to a california airport decided, well, i'll just land my plane on a highway. that landing shut down traffic on highway 50 for a while. the pilot says the landing was
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almost perfect. >> i just started following traffic down the freeway and if i hadn't knicked the car on the way in, i would have made the el dorado hills turnoff. >> thankfully, no one was hurt. here is something interesting. you might be exposed to high levels of radiation if you are flying and your plane venture too close to a thunderstorm. thunderstorms actually generation a high frequency radiation known as gamma rays. they are estimating you can get 400 times the radiation of a single chest x-ray if you fly close enough to a storm, but the good news is, the chances of that happening are pretty small, because these bursts of gamma rays last less than a second and pilots avoid thunderstorms if possible. scientists were surprised to find that storms generated those
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gamma rays and don't know exactly how it happens. naturally occurring gamma radiation usually comes from sources outside the earth, such as deep space explosions. director kevin smith is tweeting up a storm after getting kicked off a southwest flight. a flight attendant told smith that the captain felt his weight was a safety risk. shortly after smith got on to another southwest flight and tweeted this photo of himself on board, and he said, hey, southwest, look how fat i am on your plane. and smith tweeted i know i'm fat, but was captain leysath really justified in flowing me off a flight for chicago was already seated? hey, kevin, i'm so fore for your experience tonight. hopefully we can make things right according to southwest. a lot of southwest twitter feed is focused on explaining the policy on overweight passengers, which says passengers must be able to fit in the seat with
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both armrests lowered. smith's response, i didn't even need a seat belt extender to buckle up. somehow, that fit over my safety concern creating gut. smith says he'll be giving southwest an earful on his podcast tonight. what are your thoughts? should someone be kicked off a plane because of their weight? a lot of you have strong opinions about his. here is what are you saying on face book -- tell us what you think. should there be weight and size limits for airline passengers? go ahead and e-mail us. logon to cnn.com/hln to find out
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how and you may see your comment on the air. a 30-story condo heavily damaged in the 2004 hurricanes was imploded in west palm beach, florida, today. the 1515 tower is the third tallest building to be imploded in the u.s. the building was condemned more than five years ago and everyone who lived there were forced to move out. most people who lived near there evacuated before today's blast to avoid getting hit by flying debris. a similar implosion took place in atlanta today, today, 13-story mlk tower was brought down. it was built in 1968 as a public housing complex. the last of its residents moved out several months ago. the cost of the implosion was more than $1.5 million. they are known for their honky-tonk hits, but brooks and
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dunn are more than just musicians. one-half of this country duo shows us his other --
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the u.s. and its allies turn up the heat on the taliban. we'll show you how their major offensive in southern afghanistan is going. southern states are not getting a lot of time to cope with last week's heavy snowfall. we'll let you know when the next winter storm will blanket the south. and director kevin smith is a big man in the world of independent films. too big it seems for one airline. find out why the director of "cler "clerks" got kicked off a plane. 15,000 coalition fighters
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are attackinging the taliban from the air and ground for a second straight day today. the offensive, called operation moshtarak, launched early yesterday. troops include afghans, american, brittons, canadians, danes, and he estonians. they are using ray different strategy than they have in the past. >> instead of clearing the area and leaving, as we did in the past, our plans call for clearing the area, holding the area, and providing some building for the people, better security, better economic opportunity, better governmen s more of an afghan face and eventually transitioning to full afghan sovereignty in those provinces. >> u.s. military official says a u.s. marine and british soldier were killed hours into that offensive. 27 taliban fighters have been
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killed. nato forces announced the offensive before it started so innocent people could get out of harm's way. 12 civilians were killed when two rockets fired by coalition forces missed their intended targets. we're learning more about the suspect in the university of alabama shooting. the police chief in braintree, massachusetts, says amy bishop anderson shot and killed her brother there in 1986, but was released. the police chief say some records call the shooting an accident, but he thinks some things don't add up. he said another investigator anderson shot her brother during an argument. anderson was released when a former police chief told officers to let her go. the former chief denies that, and the case was referred to a prosecutor. >> there was a question. that's why we left it up to the d.a., because it went up there anyway. now, when there is a shooting,
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possible homicide, possible murder of one degree or another, manslaughter, we thought it best be done by handing it over to the d.a., having an inquest, and having them make a determination. as a result of the inquest, there was no warrant or complaint issued. >> anderson's mom served on the police personnel board back then, and the former chief denied she had any influence on the investigation and said there was no coverup. anderson facing capital murder charges for killing three faculty members at the university of alabama huntsville campus on friday. the university will reopen this week, but there are no classes yet. this case stands out from most mass shootings, because the suspect is a woman. we'll examine that aspect of the story now with psychologist stacy kaiser. i believe people were shocked. you don't often associate this
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kind of violent behavior with women, do you, stacy? >> you absolutely don't and that's for a couple of reasons. first of all, women tend not to be aggressive. they tend to be passive aggressive. when we're angry, we'll steal someone's paperwork they need behind their back so they don't have it. we'll talk to our friends and bad mouth them. we don't particularly become aggressive and we don't have that testosterone running through our bodies like men do. >> knowing that perhaps she was involved in another killing, her brother, years ago, does that change the profile? >> absolutely. if the killing wasn't accidental, i know there was some conversation on that. it shows she has the capability to do something violent like that. >> looking at this situation, and as a psychologist, what would cause somebody to actually go that far, to actually shoot somebody in cold blood? >> the first thing is mental illness so if she's having any
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level of that, that would be what we would be looking for. if it isn't mental illness, u.s. a buildup of rage and anger and someone who doesn't have coping skills to deal with that. >> thank you, stacy kaiser, for weighing in on this terrible tragedy. a lot of places that are not used to getting snow have had their fill of it this weekend and they are about to get some more. winter weather advisories in effect for a large section of the south. and another winter storm on its way. forecasters are warning people in the carolinas to be alert for freezing roads. and forecasters are warning people in mississippi, alabama, and georgia, to look out for more snow. advisories are up across the southeast, where heavy snowfall is a rare treat. for a lot of kids, it could just be another snow day. i'm meteorologist bonnie schneider with a look at your forecast. happy valentine's day if are you
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looking for snow to celebrate, you'll get it in many spots. here is a look at the map. low pressure coming in from the heartland will sweep in, some snow for places like st. louis. you'll be seeing snow today. also looking at snow clipping areas of nashville and a lot of that sliding to the east as well. kentucky will see measurable snow from the system. back behind it, cooler air coming in. a little precipitation from the pacific northwest. watch what happens. this storm will be on the move for tomorrow and affecting many of you that are traveling for a longer weekend, this fast-moving storm will bring measurable snow to the mid-atlantic once again. hard to believe more snow in the forecast. because the storm is such a fast mover, we're not expecting heavy accumulations. could bring heavier snow to the northeast. high temperatures for today, pretty cold, only a high of 49 in atlanta. highs in the 60s in florida. below normal for south florida. looking for nice weather, check this out.
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78 in phoenix, arizona. 77 in los angeles. really nice today in southern california. so there is your valentine's day present. i'm meteorologist bonnie schneider. that's a look at your forecast. enjoy the rest of your weekend. the snowfall in dallas was heavy enough to collapse a church roof. the roof came down under the weight of about a foot of snow. church members say they are glad this happened when the building was empty. >> the blessing is that nobody was here, nobody was hurt. because right there, that's where i sit. right on the third row. and you have to look on the right side of every dark situation. >> the cave-in was discovered on friday. in other areas of the church were not damaged. two people were killed, and one is missing in two separate avalanches in alaska. one of the men who was killed was jim bowles, head of the alaska operations for energy giant conoco phillips.
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buried in an arrived lamp near spencer glacier. another man is still missing. in another avalanche several miles away, a man cross-country skiing with his dog was killed. the dog managed to escape. police in washington state are looking for a suspect who shot a state trooper. that trooper was he eer helping officer with a suspected dwi case and was waiting for a tow truck driver when he was shot. >> trooper johnson was able to return fire. we don't know if the suspect was hit, but the suspect fled the scene. the tow truck driver very courageously chased the suspect, and the suspect did take a shot at the tow truck driver. >> the trooper transported to a portland hospital. he's still in stable condition. toyota says an independent inspection of its cars did not find any problems with the electronic throttle controls. the carmaker posted findings of an independent engineering consulting firm that it hired on
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its website. now, the firl analyzed toyota and lexus vehicles linked to unintended acceleration. and they said the cars behavior normally. toyota has recalled 8 million cars in the last two months. trace adkins' entourage tour bus collided with a pickup near shreveport, louisiana, yesterday, killing two member. adkins' website says he was not on the bus, but five members of his band and crew had minor injuries. adkins scaled down his show in boesher city last night and canceled another show in florida for tonight. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space so the astronauts can do more work on the international space station. shortly after 3:00 this morning,
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two astronauts completed a six-hour space walk, installing newcomb upon ne new components. they are scheduled to return on february 21st. a famous director says he was kicked off a flight because of his size. do you think that's fair, or crimin sna discrimination? your views, next. snoor
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team usa has its first gold at the winter games in vancouver. skier hannah kearney has won the woman's moguls. shannon bahrke won the bronze.
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and kearney beat canadian jennifer heil. this is the first american woman to take the gold since way back in 1992. police arrested seven people when protests in vancouver turned violent yesterday. officers say some protesters started snatching windows and threatening bystanders. police crowd control unit moved in to break up 200 protesters. some say only a small number of them are causing trouble. >> 10 or 20 are causing problems. there were 150 people here. i saw other protesters trying to stop these10 or 20. >> police are blaming yesterday's trouble on "thugs promoting anarchy." harvard professor henry
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louis gates will have a permanent place in the national museum of african-american history and culture. thanks to his much-publicized arrest last year. see those handcuffs he's wearing last year? he has donated them to the new smithsonian museum. he tells "the new york times" magazine that the arresting officer gave him those cuffs when they met privately at a cambridge pub. director kevin smith is tweeting up a storm after getting kicked off a southwest flight. a flight attendant told smith that the captain felt his weight was a safety risk. shortly after smith got on another southwest flight and tweeted this photo of himself on board. saying, hey, southwest, look how fat i am on your plane. he also tweeted -- a spokesman for southwest tweeted back --
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well, a lot of southwest's twitter feed is now focused on explaining the airline's policy on overweight passengers, which says passengers must be able to fit in a seat with both armrests lowered. smith's response -- smith says he'll be giving southwest an earful on his podcast tonight. what do you think? should someone be kicked off a plane because of their weight? a lot of you have strong opinions. here is what you are saying on facebook.
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isn't it just so romantic when someone says tweet me? find that phrase on this year's sweetheart candies which are a huge valentine's day tradition. the candymaker held a poll and other favorites included text me, and you rock. new flavors like green apple, blue raspberry, strawberry and orange are in the mix. the candies have their own twitter feed as well. tell us what you think. should there be weight and size limits for airline passengers? e-mail us at cnn.com/hln to find out how. you may see your comment on the air. a pilot heading to an airport takes an unexpected detour. why he had to land on a highway,
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and why it wasn't exactly a smooth --
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the indian government is blaming pakistani militants for the restaurant bombing that
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killed eight people. 60 people were hurt in that blast. the restaurant is a popular gathering place for people from other countries who are visiting the western city of pune. the bomb was packed into a bag left at the restaurant, and a waiter noticed it, but not in time to prevent the explosion. ten americans jailed in haiti could hear tomorrow if they'll be granted bail. haiti's deputy attorney general will tell a judge if he recommends bail for the group and then the judge has to decide whether or not to grant it. ten missionaries are facing child trafficking charges, for allegedly trying to take haitian kids out of that country without proper documentation. now, they say they were trying to take the kids to safety in the dominican republic. dozens of people had to bail out of a train that caught fire last night. they evacuated when the locomotive caught fire in morrisville, pennsylvania. one passenger said flames shot 15 feet in the air.
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heat from that fire brought down overhead power lines and those were still live when firefighters got there. by the time the power was shut off, the fire did die out the fire did disrupt amtrak service across the northeast. a pilot who lost power on the way to a california airport decided, just land my plane on a highway, and that landing shut down traffic on highway 50 for a while. but the pilot says the landing was almost perfect. >> i just started following traffic down the freeway and if i hadn't have nicked the car on the way in i would have made the el dorado hills turnoff. >> thankfully the driver of the clipped car nor the pilot was hurt. an air force tech sergeant who suffered burns over 80% of his body has reenlisted four more years. israel del tore owe was told he would never walk again or breathe without the use of a res
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rater. he spent three months in a coma and the use of his left hand but his will to survive prevailed. he spent the last four years convincing the air force to let him reenlist. he reported for duty earlier this week. a 30-story condo that was heavily damaged in the 2004 hurricanes was imploded in best palm beach, florida, today. the 1515 tower is the third tallest building to be imploded in the u.s. the city condemned the building more than five years ago and everyone who lived there was forced to move out. most of the people who lived nearby did evacuate before today's blast to avoid getting hit by flying debris. a similar implosion took place in atlanta. today the 13-story mlk tower was brought down this morning. it was built in 1968 as a public housing complex. the last of its residents moved out several months ago and now
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the building will be replaced by a mixed income community. the cost of the implosion was more than $1.5 million. they're known for their honky tonic hits, but brooks and dunn are more than just musicians. after the break, one-half of this country duo shows us his other passion in life. 
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the u.s. and its allies turn up the heat on the taliban. we're going to show you how their major offensive in southern afghanistan is going. there's new information about the college professor accused of opening fire on colleagues at an alabama campus. find out about a violent episode from her past. and now you see it, now you don't. why a florida city decided its skyline needed an extreme makeover. hln "news and views," i'm
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holly firfer. 15,000 fighters are attacking the taliban from the air and the ground for a second straight day. the offensive, called operation moshtarak was launched early yesterday. those troops include afghans, americans, britons, danes. general james jones says the forces are using a different strategy this time than they have in the past. >> instead of clearing the area and leaving, as we frequently did in the past, we now have our plans call for clearing the area, holding the area and then providing some building for the people. better security, better economic opportunity, better governance, more of an afghan face and then eventually transitions to full afghan sovereignty in those provinces. >> a u.s. military official says the u.s. marine and a british soldier were killed hours into that offensive. an afghan spokesman says 27 taliban fighters have been killed. nato forces announce the
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offensive before it starrted so innocent people can get out of harm's way. at least 12 civilians were killed when two rockets missed their intended target. we're learning more about the suspect in that university of alabama shooting. the police chief in braintree, massachusetts, says amy bishop anderson shot and killed her brother there in 1986, but was released. the police chief says some records call the shooting an accident, but he thinks some things just don't add up. he says another investigator told him anderson shot her brother during an argument. the chief also says anderson was released when a former police chief told officers to let her go. but the former chief denies that, and the case was referred to a prosecutor. >> there was a question. that's why we left it up to the d.a., because it would end up there anyway. whether it was a shooting, a possible homicide, possible
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murder in one degree or another or manslaughter. we thought it best be done by handing it over to the d.a., having an inquest and having them make a determination. as a result of the inquest, there was no warrant or complaint issued. >> anderson's mom served on the police personnel board back then and the former chief denies she had any influence on the investigation and says there was no cover-up. anderson is facing capital murder charges for allegedly killing three faculty members at the university of alabama's huntsville campus on friday. the university will reopen for employees this week, but there are no classes yet. now, this case stands out from most mass shootings because the suspect is a woman. we're going to examine that aspect of the story now with psychologist stacy keiser. i do believe people were shocked because you don't often associate this kind of violent
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behavior with women, do you, stacy? >> you absolutely don't. that's for a couple of reasons. first of all, women tend not to be aggressive, they tend to be passive aggressive. when we're angry, we'll steal someone's paperwork that they need behind their backs, they don't have it, we'll talk to our friends and bad mouth them. we don't typically go on and become aggressive. the other thing is we don't have testosterone running through our bodies like men do. >> now, knowing that perhaps she was involved in another killing, her brother years ago, does that sort of change the profile of this woman? >> that absolutely does. if the killing wasn't accidental, which i know there's been some conversation about if she actually did do it on purpose, then that does show a pattern. it shows that she has the capability to do something violent like that. >> you know, looking at this situation, and as a psychologist, what would cause somebody to actually go that far, to actually shoot somebody in cold blood? >> well, the first thing is mental illness. so if she's having any level of
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that, that would be what we'd be looking for. but if it isn't mental illness, then what it is is a buildup of rage and anger and somebody who doesn't have coping skills to deal with that. >> thank you, stacy kaiser a psychologist, for weighing in on this terrible tragedy. a lot of places that are not used to getting snow have really had their fill of it this weekend and guess what, they're about to get some more. winter weather advisories are in effect for a large section of the south. another winter storm on its way. forecasters are warning people in the carolinas to be alert for freezing roads. and forecasters are warning people in mississippi, alabama and georgia to look out for more snow. advisories are up across the southeast where heavy snowfall is a rare treat. for a lot of kids in the south, it could just be another snow day. the snowfall in dallas was heavy enough to collapse a church roof. the sanctuary roof came down under the weight of about a foot of snow.
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church members say they're just glad this happened when the building was empty. >> the blessing is that, you know, nobody was here, that nobody was hurt, you know, because right there is where i sit. on the third row. you have to look on the bright side of every dark situation. >> the cave-in was discovered on friday. other areas of the church were not damaged. two people were killed and one is missing in two separate avalanche necessities alaska. one of the them who was killed was jim bowles, who was head of the alaska operations for energy giant conoco phillips. he was buried in an avalanche near spencer glacier. a man who was with him is still missing. in another avalanche several miles away, a man cross country skiing with his dog was killed. the dog managed to escape. police in washington state are looking for a suspect who shot a state trooper. that trooper was helping another officer with a suspected dwi
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case, and was waiting for a tow truck driver when he was shot. >> trooper johnson was able to return fire. we do not know if the suspect was hit. but the suspect fled the scene. the tow truck driver very courageously took off and chased the suspect and the suspect did take a shot at the tow truck driver. >> the trooper was transported to a portland hospital. he's still in stable condition. toyota says an independent inspection of its cars did not find any problems with the electronic throttle controls. the car maker posted those findings of an independent engineering consulting firm that it hired on its website. now, the firm analyzed toyota and lexus vehicles linked to unintended acceleration, and that report says the cars behaved normally or entered a fail-safe mode where engine power was shut off or reduced. toyota has recalled more than eight million cars for accelerator problems in the past two months.
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a tour bus in country singer trace adkins' tour bus collided with a pickup near shreveport, louisiana, yesterday, killing two men. adkins' website says he was not on the bus, but five members of his band and crew have minor injuries. that statement called this a tragedy. adkins' scaled down his show last night and cancelled another concert in florida for tonight. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space. nasa is extending the mission so the astronauts can do more work on the international space station. shortly after 3:00 this morning, two "endeavour" astronauts completed a six-hour space walk installing new components on the space station. "endeavour" is now scheduled to return on february 21st. here's something interesting, you might be exposed to high levels of radiation if you're flying and your plane ventures too close to a thunderstorm. that's from scientists in
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florida who found that thunderstorms actually generate a high frequency radiation known as gamma rays. they're estimating you can get 400 times the radiation of a single chest x-ray if you fly close enough to a storm. but the good news is the chances of that happening are pretty small, because these bursts of gamma rays last less than a second and pilots usually avoid thunderstorms if possible. scientists were surprised to find that these thunderstorms generated those gamma rays, and they still don't know exactly how it happens. naturally-occurring gamma radiation usually comes from sources outside the earth, such as deep space explosions. a famous director says he was kicked off of a flight because of his size. do you think that's fair? or discrimination? your views next.
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team usa has its first gold at the winter games in vancouver. skier hannah kearney has won the women's mogul freestyle title. shannon bahrke won the bronze in that same event and canadian jennifer heil took silver. kearney's win was extra special because he didn't qualify for the finals at the 2006 games. he's the first woman to take the women's mogul gold since 1992. police arrested seven people when protests in vancouver turned violent yesterday. officers say some protesters started smashing windows and threatening bystanders. a police crowd control unit moved in to break up some 200 protesters. some of those protesters say only a small number of them are actually causing trouble. >> 10 or 20 of these guys are destroying property.
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there are 150 people here. i saw protesters trying to stop the 10 or 20. >> many groups are using the olympics to promote their causes. police say that criminals often mix in with legitimate protesters. police are blaming yesterday's trouble on, quote, thugs promoting anarchy. harvard professor henry louis gates will have a permanent place in the new national museum of african-american history and culture. thanks to his much-publicized arrest last year. see those handcuffs that he's wearing? gates has donated them to the new smithsonian museum. he tells "the new york times" magazine the arresting officer gave him those cuffs when they met privately at a cambridge pub. director kevin smith is tweeting up a storm after getting kicked off a southwest flight. a flight attendant told smith that the captain felt his weight was a safety risk.
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well, shortly after, smith got onto another southwest flight and tweeted this photo of himself on board saying, hey, southwest, look how fat i am on your plane. and smith also tweelted, i know i'm fat, but was captain leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which i was already seated? well, a spokesman for southwest tweeted back, hey, kevin, i'm so sorry for your experience tonight. hopefully we can make things right. well, a lot of southwest's twitter feed is now focused on explaining the airline's policy on overweight passengers, which says that passengers must be able to fit in a seat with both arm rests lowered. smith's response, i didn't even need a seat belt extender to buckle up. somehow that fit over my safety concern creating gut. smith says he'll be giving southwest an earful on his podcast tonight. so what are you thinking? do you think someone should be kicked off a plane because of their weight? well, a lot of you have strong
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opinions and here's what you're saying on facebook. kate says the prejudice against fat people in this country truly is the last apparently acceptable one. whatever happened to compassion? and frederick posted this. do you think it would be okay if next time you flew, the man or woman next to you put their leg on you? if the person next to you is watching an adult movie, is that okay? it's not discrimination if you are invading someone else's personal space. tell us what you think. should there be weight and size limits for airline passengers? go ahead and e-mail us. just log on to cnn.com/hln to find out how. and you may see your comment on the air. check out these big waves. surfers' dream, right? but it's not everyone's dream. wait until you see what some did to spectators, and we've got your up close and personal ireport.
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the indian government is blaming pakistani militants for the restaurant bombing that killed eight people. police say 60 people were hurt in that blast. the restaurant is a popular gathering place for people from other countries who are visiting the western city of pune. officials say the bomb was packed into a bag left at the restaurant, and a waiter noticed it but not in time to prevent the explosion. ten americans jailed in haiti could hear tomorrow if they'll be granted bail.
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haiti's deputy attorney general will tell a judge if he recommends bail for the group, and then the judge has to decide whether or not to grant it. ten missionaries are facing child trafficking charges for allegedly trying to take haitian kids out of that country without proper documentation. now, they say they were just trying to take the kids to safety in the dominican republic. well, you want big waves at a surfing competition, right? but not so big that they endanger the spectators. two massive waves swept over crowds gathered on a sea wall at the surf competition in half moon bay. ireporter scott anderson says he saw it coming and he backed away, which is how he was able to grab photos of about 50 people being knocked into the sea and battered on the rocks. at least seven people suffered broken bones and a lot of others were pretty cut up. press can you workers got -- rescue workers got busy helping
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everyone out but competition did go on without interruption. dozens of people had to bail out of a train that caught fire last night. they evacuated when the locomotive caught fire in morrisville, pennsylvania, and one passenger said flames shot 15 feet in the air. heat from that fire brought down overhead power lines and those were still live when firefighters got there. by the time the power was shut off, the fire did die out. the fire did disrupt amtrak service across the northeast. an air force tech sergeant who suffered burns over 80% of his body has reenlisted for four more years. israel del toro was told he would never walk again or breathe without the use of a respirator. after his humvee rolled over a roadside bomb in afghanistan in late 2005. he spent three months in a coma, lost a few fingers and the use of his left hand, but his will to survive prevailed. he says he spent the last four years convincing the air force to let him reenlist.
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he reported for duty earlier this week. you may have some more options if you need to fly overseas. the u.s. government is giving preliminary antitrust immunity to an airline alliance that flies to europe. so that means several airlines could coordinate their routes and fares on transatlantic flights. the transportation department says there will be conditions to protect consumers and preserve competition. the agency says immunity could translate to lower fares and increased services. the one world alliance includes american airlines and british airways. it will be at least two more months before a final decision is made, however. everybody wants to save more, spend less and so we've got just the guy who's going to help you. join hln money expert clark howard at 4:00 p.m. eastern and he is going to show you ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. the clark howard show, 4:00 p.m. eastern, right here on hln.
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a 30-story condo that was heavily damaged in the 2004 hurricanes was imploded in west palm beach, florida, today. the 1515 tower is the third tallest building to be imploded in the u.s. the city condemned the building more than five years ago and everyone who lived there was forced to move out. most of the people who lived nearby did evacuate before today's blast to avoid getting hit by flying debris. a similar implosion took place in atlanta today. the 13-story mlk tower was brought down this morning. it was built in 1968 as a public housing complex. the last of its residents moved out several months ago and now the building will be replaced by a mixed income community. the cost of the implosion was more than $1.5 million. they're known for their honky tonic hits, but brooks & dunn are more than just musicians. after the break, one-half of
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this country duo shows us his other passion in life.
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the u.s. and its allies turn up the heat on the taliban. we're going to show you how their major offensive in southern afghanistan is going. southern states are not getting a lot of time to cope with last week's heavy snowfall. we're going to let you know when the next winter storm will blanket the south. and director kevin smith is a big man in the world of independent films, but too big, it seems, for one airline. find out why the director got kicked off a plane. hln "news and views," i'm holly firfer.
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15,000 coalition fighters are attacking the taliban from the air and the ground for a second straight day today. the offensive called operation moshtarak was launched early yesterday. now, those troops include afghans, americans, britons, canadians, danes and astoniaast. the forces are using a different strategy than they have in the past. >> instead of clearing the area and leaving, as we frequently did in the past, our plans call for clearing the area, holding the area and then providing some building for the people. better security, better economic opportunity, better governance, more of an afghan face, and then eventually transitioning to full afghan sovereignty in those provinces. >> a u.s. military official says a u.s. marine and a british soldier were killed hours into that offensive. an afghan spokesman says 27 taliban fighters have been killed. nato forces announced the
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offensive before it started so that innocent people could get out of harm's way. but at least 12 civilians were killed when two rockets fired by coalition forces missed their intended target. we're learning more about the suspect in that university of alabama shooting. the police chief in braintree, massachuset massachusetts, says amy bishop anderson shot and killed her brother there in 1986, but was released. the police chief says some records call the shooting an accident, but he thinks some things don't add up. he said another investigator told him anderson shot her brother during an argument. the chief also says anderson was released when a former police chief told officers to let her go, but the former chief denies that and the case was referred to a prosecutor. >> there was a question, that's why we left it up to the d.a., because it would end up there anyway. whether it was a shooting, a possible homicide, possible murder in one degree or another,
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or manslaughter. we thought it best be done by handing it over to the d.a., having an inquest and have them make a determination. as a result of the inquest, there was no warrant or complaint issued. >> anderson's mom served on the police personnel board back then and the former chief denies she had any influence on the investigation and says there was no cover-up. anderson is facing capital murder charges for allegedly killing three faculty members at the university of alabama's huntsville campus on friday. the university will reopen for employees this week but there are no classes yet. now, this case stands out from most mass shootings because the suspect is a woman. we're going to examine that aspect of the story now with psychologist stacy kaiser. i do believe people were shocked
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because you don't often associate this kind of violent behavior with women, do you, stacy? >> you absolutely don't and that's for a couple of reasons. first of all, women tend not to be aggressive, they tend to be passive aggressive. when we're angry, we'll steal someone's paperwork that they need behind their backs, they don't have it. we'll talk to our friends and bad mouth them. we don't typically go on and become aggressive. the other reason is we don't have that testosterone running through our bodies like men do. >> now, knowing that perhaps she was involved in another killing of her brother years ago, does that sort of change the profile of this woman? >> that absolutely does. if the killing wasn't accidental, which i know there's been some conversation about if she actually did do it on purpose, then that does show a pattern. it shows that she has the capability to do something violent like that. >> you know, looking at this situation and as a psychologist, what would cause somebody to actually go that far, to actually shoot somebody in cold blood? >> well, you know, the first thing is mental illness. so if she's having any level of
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that, that would be what we'd be looking for. but if it isn't mental illness shall then what it is is a buildup of rage and anger in somebody that doesn't have coping skills to deal with that. >> thank you, stacy kaiser, a psychologist for weighing in on this terrible tragedy. a lot of places that are not used to getting snow have really had their fill of it this weekend and, guess what, they're about to get some more. winter weather advisories are in effect for a large section of the south. another winter storm on its way. forecasters are warning people in the carolinas to be alert for freezing roads. forecasters are warning people in mississippi, alabama and georgia to look out for more snow. advisories are up across the southeast where heavy snowfall is a rare treat. for a lot of kids in the south, it could just be another snow day. i'm meteorologist bonnie schneider with a look at your forecast for hln. happy valentine's day, if you're looking for snow to celebrate
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you're going to get it in many spots, not just for today but for president's day tomorrow as well. here's a look at the map and you can see low pressure coming in from the heartland will sweep in some snow for places like st. louis. you'll be seeing snow today. we're also looking at snow clipping areas of nashville and a lot of that is sliding to the east as well. kentucky will see measurable snow from this system. back behind it we have some cooler air coming in, a little bit of precipitation towards the pacific northwest. but watch what happens because this storm will be on the move for tomorrow. this will be affecting many of you that are traveling for a longer weekend. this fast-moving storm will bring measurable snow to the mid-atlantic once again. it's hard to believe more snow is in the forecast, but it is. because this storm is such a fast mover, though, we're not expecting heavy accumulations so that's some good news. it could bring heavier snow to the northeast, we're still monitoring the track. high temperatures today are pretty cold. only a high of 49 in atlanta. we'll see highs in the 60s in florida. that's below normal for south florida. if you're looking for nice weather, check this out. 78 in phoenix, arizona.
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77 in los angeles. really nice today in southern california, so there's your valentine's day present. i'm meteorologist bonnie schneider, that's a look at your forecast. enjoy the rest of your weekend. the snowfall in dallas was heavy enough to collapse a church roof. the sanctuary roof came down under the weight of about a foot of snow. church members say they're just glad this happened when the building was empty. >> the blessing is that, you know, nobody was here, that nobody was hurt, you know, because right there is where i sit, on the third row. you have to look on the bright side of every, you know, dark situation. >> the cave-in was discovered on friday. other areas of the church were not damaged. two people were killed and one is missing in two separate avalanches in alaska. one of the men who was killed was jim bowles, who was head of the alaska operations for energy giant conoco phillips. he was buried in an avalanche
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near spencer glacier. a man who was with him is still missing. and in another avalanche several miles away, a man cross country skiing with his dog was killed. the dog managed to escape. police in washington state are looking for a suspect who shot a state trooper. that trooper was helping another officer with a suspected dwi case and was waiting for a tow truck driver when he was shot. >> trooper johnson was able to return fire. we do not know if the suspect was hit. but the suspect fled the scene. the tow truck driver very courageously took off and chased the suspect, and the suspect did take a shot at the tow truck driver. >> the trooper was transported to a portland hospital. he's still in stable condition. toyota says an independent inspection of its cars did not find any problems with the electronic throttle controls. they posted the findings of an independent engineering consulting firm that it hired on
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its website. the firm analyzed toyota and lexus vehicles linked to unintended acceleration and that report says the cars behaved normally or entered a fail-safe mode where engine power was shut off or reduced. toyota has recalled more than eight million cars for accelerator problems in the past two months. a tour bus in country singer trace adkins' entourage tour bus collided with a pickup near shreveport, louisiana, yesterday, killing two men. adkins' website says he was not on the bus but five members of his band and crew have minor injuries. that statement called this a tragedy. and adkins' scaled down his show in bossier city last night and cancelled another concert in florida for tonight. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space. nasa is extending the mission so that the astronauts can do more work on the international space station. shortly after 3:00 this morning, two "endeavour" astronauts
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completed a six-hour spacewalk installing new components on the space station. "endeavour" is now scheduled to return on february 21st. here's something interesting, you might be exposed to high levels of radiation if you're flying and your plane ventures too close to a thunderstorm. that's from scientists in florida who found that thunderstorms actually generate a high frequency radiation known as gamma rays. now, they're estimating that you can get 400 times the radiation of a single chest x-ray if you fly close enough to a storm, but the good news is the chances of that happening are pretty small because these bursts of gamma rays last less than a second and pilots usually avoid thunderstorms if possible. scientists were surprised to find that these thunderstorms generated those gamma rays. they still don't know exactly how it happens. naturally occurring gamma radiation usually comes from sources outside the earth, such as deep space explosions.
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a famous director says he was kicked off of a flight because of his size. do you think that's fair? or discrimination? your views next.
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team usa has its first gold at the winter games in vancouver. skier hannah kearney has won the women's mogul freestyle title. another american, shannon bahrke won the bronze in that same event and canadian jennifer heil took silver. now kearney's win was extra special because she didn't even qualify for the finals at the 2006 games. now, she's the first american to
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take the women's mogul gold way back in albertville in 1992. police arrested seven people when protests in vancouver turned violent yesterday. officers say some protesters started smashing windows and threatening bystanders. a police crowd control unit moved in to break up some 200 protesters. some of those protesters say only a small number of them are actually causing trouble. >> 10 or 20 of these guys are destroying property. there are 150 people here. i saw other protesters trying to stop these 10 or 20 people. >> many groups are using the olympics to promote their causes. police say that criminals often mix in with legitimate protesters. police are blaming yesterday's trouble on, quote, thugs promoting anarchy. harvard professor henry louis gates will have a permanent place in the new national museum of african-american history and
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culture, thanks to his much-publicized arrest last year. see those handcuffs that he's wearing? gates has donated them to the new smithsonian museum. he tells "the new york times" magazine the arresting officer gave him those cuffs when they met privately at a cambridge pub. director kevin smith is tweeting up a storm after getting kicked off a southwest flight. a flight attendant told smith that the captain felt his weight was a safety risk. shortly after smith got onto another southwest flight and tweeted this photo of himself on board, saying, hey, southwest, look how fat i am on your plane. smith also tweeted, i know i'm fat, but was captain leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which i was already seated. well, a spokesman for southwest tweeted back, hey, kevin, i'm so sorry for your experience tonight. hopefully we can make things right. well, a lot of southwest's
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twitter feed is now focused on explaining the airline's policy on overweight passengers, which says that passengers must be able to fit in a seat with both arm rests lowered. smith's response, i didn't even need a seat belt sterextender t buckle up. somehow that fit over my safety concern creating gut. smith says he'll be giving southwest an earful on his podcast tonight. so what do you think about this? should someone be kicked off of a plane because of their weight? i know a lot of you have strong opinions so let's check out what you're saying on facebook starting with duggy. dougy says i love kevin smith. could he stand to lose a few pounds? sure, and i could too. but but unless his weight is putting the flight in danger, there's no reason to boot him off. leon completely disagrees saying airlines should have weight and size restrictions on who can fly and what can be checked as baggage for every airline. if you cannot fit in the
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designed seats, you simply su not be allowed on board. a separate form of travel should be considered. tell us what you think. should there be weight and size limits for airline passengers? e-mail us. log on to cnn.com/hln to find out how. and you may see your comment on the air. some people say tieing the knot can strangle your love life. we're going to go beyond the surface to find out if you're better single or maybe not. >> it is a widely believed myth that singles have better sex lives than married people. >> there's been good research from this. >> the kinsey institute asked people, both married and single, how often and how good their sex lives were. and it found that in general married people have berd sex lives than single people. people think you mied get bored in evidence.
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there's good evidence sex is more varied and more ple pleasurable. >> there's a science about sex and an art to sex but a lot is about communicating, especially when you've been with someone quite some time and you need to spice it up or make things more exciting.
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the indian government is blaming pakistani militants for the restaurant bombing that killed eight people. police say 60 people were hurt in that blast. the restaurant is a popular gathering place for people from other countries who are visiting the western city of hunai. officials say the bomb was packed into a bag left at the restaurant. a waiter noticed it but not in time to prevent that explosion. ten americans jailed in haiti could hear tomorrow if they'll be granted bail. haiti's deputy attorney general will tell a judge if he recommends bail for the group, and then the judge has to decide whether or not to grant it.
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ten missionaries are facing child trafficking charges for allegedly trying to take haitian kids out of that country without proper documentation. now, they say they were just trying to take the kids to safety in the dominican republic. a 30-story condo that was heavily damaged in the 2004 hurricanes was um ploeded in west palm beach florida, today. the 1515 tower is the third tallest building to be imploded in the u.s. the city condemned the building more than five years ago. everyone who lived there was forced to move out. most of the people who live nearby did evacuate before today's blast to avoid getting hit by flying debris. a similar implosion took place in atlanta. today the 13-story mlk tower was brought down this morning. it was built in 1968 as a public housing complex. the last of its residents moved out several months ago. now the building will be replaced by a mixed-income
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community. the cost of the implosion was more than $1.5 million. they're known for their honky tonk hits. but brooks and dun are more than just musicians. after the break, one-half of this country duo shows us his other passion in life. 
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tus and its allies turn up the heat on the taliban. we'll show you how their major offensive in southern afghanistan is going. new information about the college professor accuse of opening fire on colleagues at an alabama campus. find out about a violent episode from her past. and now you see it, now you don't. why a florida city decided its skyline needed an extreme makeover. hln news and views. i'm holly firfer.
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15,000 coalition fighters are attacking the taliban from the air and the ground for a second straight day today. the offensive called operation moshtarik was launched early yesterday. the troops include afghans, americans, britains, canadians danes and estonians. national security adviser general james jones says the forces are using a different strategy this time than they have in the past. >> instead of clearing the area and leaving as we frequently did in the past, we now have -- our plans call for clearing the area, holding the area and then providing some building for the people. better security, better economic opportunity, better governments, more of an afghan phase. eventually, transitioning to full afghan sovereignty in those provinces. >> a u.s. military official says a u.s. marine and a british soldier were killed hours into that offensive. an afghan spokesman says 27 taliban fighters have been
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killed. nato forces announced the offensive before it started so that innocent people could get out of harm's way. but at least 12 civilians were killed when two rockets fired by coalition forces missed their intended target. we're learning more about a suspect in a university of alabama shooting. the police chief in braintree, massachusetts, says amy bishop anderson shot and killed her brother there in 1986 but was released. the police chief says some records call the shooting an accident. but he thinks some things just don't add up. he says another investigator told him anderson shot her brother during an argument. the chief also says anderson was released when a former police chief told officers to let her go. but the former chief denies that. and the case was referred to a prosecutor. >> there was a question. that's why we left it up to the d.a. because it would have ended up there anyway. whether it was a possible
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homicide, possibly murder, what degree or another or manslaughter, we thought it best be done by handing it over to the d.a., airing an inquest and having him make a determination. as a result of the inquest, there was no warrant or complaint issued. >> anderson's mom served on the police personnel mom back then. the former chief denies she had any influence on the investigation and says there was no cover-up. anderson is facing capital murder charges for allegedly killing three faculty members a t the university of alabama's huntsville campus on friday. the university will reopen for employees this week. there are no classes yet. now, this case stands out from most mass shootings because the suspect is a woman. and we're going to examine that aspect of the story now with psychologist stacy kaiser. i do believe people were shocked, because you don't often associate this kind of violent
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behavior with women, do you, stacy? >> you absolutely don't. that's for a couple of reasons. first of all, women tend not to be aggressive. they tend to be passive aggressive. when we're angry we'll steal someone's paperwork that they need behind their back so they don't visit. we'll talk to our friends and bad mouth them. we don't typically go on and become aggress pich the other reason is we don't have that testosterone running through our bodies like men do. >> knowing that perhaps she was involved in another killing, her brother years ago, does that sort of change the profile of this woman. >> that absolutely does. if the killing wasn't accidental, which i know there's been some conversation about if she actually did do it on purpose, then that does show a pattern. it shows that she has the capability to do something violent like that. >> you know, looking at this situation and as a psychologist, what would cause somebody to actually go that far to actually shoot somebody in cold blood? >> well, you know, the first thing is mental illness.
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if she's having any level of that, that would be what we'd be looking for. but if it isn't mental illness, then what it is is a build-up of rage and anger and somebody who doesn't have coping skills to deal with that. >> thank you, stacy kaiser, a psychologist, for weighing in on this terrible tragedy. a lot of places that are not used to getting snow have really had their fill of it this weekend. and guess what? they're about to get some more. winter weather advisories are in effect for a large section of the south. and another winter storm on its way. forecasters are warning people in the carolinas to be alert for freezing roads. and forecasters are warning people in mississippi, alabama and georgia to look out for more snow. advisories are up across the southeast where heavy snowfall is a rare treat for a lot of kids in the south. it could just be another snow day. the snowfall in dallas was heavy enough to collapse a church roof. the sanctuary roof came down
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under the weight of about a foot of snow. church members say they're just glad this happened when the building was empty. >> the blessing is that, you know, nobody was here, that nobody was hurt. you know, because right there, that's where i sit. on the third row. and you have to look on the bright side of every dark situation. >> the cave-in was discovered on friday. other areas of the church were not damaged. two people were killed and one is missing in two separate avalanches in alaska. one of the men who was killed was jim bowls, who was head of the alaska operations for energy giant conoco phillips. he was buried in an avalanche near spencer glacier. a man who was with him is still missing. in another avalanche several miles away, a man cross country skiing with his dog was killed. the dog managed to escape. police in washington state are looking for a suspect who shot a state trooper. that trooper was helping another officer with a suspected dwi
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case and was waiting for a tow truck driver when he was shot. >> trooper johnson was able to return fire. we do not know if the suspect was hit. but the suspect fled the scene. the tow truck driver very couragely took off and chased the suspect. the suspect took a shot at the tow truck driver. >> the trooper was transported to a portland hospital. he's in stable condition. toyota says an independent inspection of its cars did not find any problems with the electronic throttle controls. the car maker posted those findings of an independent engineering consulting firm that it hired on its website. now, the firm analyzed toyota and lexus vehicles linked to unintended acceleration pm that report says the cars behaved normally or entered a fail safe mode where engine power was shut off or reduced. toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars for accelerator problem in the past two months.
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a tour bus in country singer trace add kins' tour bus collided with a pickup near tlooef port, louisiana, yesterday killing two men. addkins web side say he was not on the bus but five members of his band and crew have minor injuries. the sfamt statement called this a strategy. he scaled down his show last night and canceled another concert in florida for tonight. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space. nasa's extending the mission so that the astronauts can do more work on the international space station. shortly after 3:00 this morning two "endeavour"s a vo naughts completed a six-hour spacewalk installing new components on the space station. "endeavour" is now scheduled to return on february 21st. here's something interesting. you might be exposed to high levels of radiation if you're flying and your plane ventures too close to a thunderstorm. that's from scientists in
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florida who found that thunderstorms actually generate a high frequency radiation known as gamma rays. they're estimates you can get 400 times the radiation of a single chest x-ray if you fly close enough to a storm. but the good news is the chances of that happening are pretty small because these bursts of gamma rays last less than a second and pilots usually avoid thunderstorms if possible. scientists were surprised to find that these thunderstorms generated those gamma rays. they still don't know exactly how it happens. naturally occurring gamma radiation usually comes from sources outside the earth such as deep space explosions. a famous director says he was kicked off of a flight because of his size. do you think that's fair or discrimination? your views next.
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team usa has its first gold at the winter games in vancou r vancouver. skier hannah kearney. now, kearney's win was extra special because she didn't qualify for the finals at the 2006 games in torino. she's the first american to take the women's mogul gold since 1992. police arrested seven people when protests in vancouver turned violent yesterday. and officers say some protesters started smashing windows and threatening bystanders. a police crowd control unit moved in to break up some 200 protesters. some of those protesters say only a small number of them are actually causing trouble. >> 10 or 20 of these guys were causing trouble.
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there were 150 people here. >> many groups are using the olympics to promote their causes. police say that criminals often mix in with legitimate protesters. police are blaming yesterday's trouble on, quote, thugs promoting anarchy. harvard professor henry lewis gates will have a permanent place in the new national museum of african-american history and culture thanks to his much-publicized arrest last year. see those handcuffs he's wearing? gates has donated them to the new smithsonian museum. he tells "the new york times" magazine the arrests officer gave him those cuffs when they met privately at a cambridge pub. director kevin smith is tweeting up a storm after getting kicked off a southwest flight. a flight attentant told smith the captain felt his weight was a safety risk. shortly after smith got on to
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another southwest flight and tweeted this photo of himself on board, saying, hey, southwest, look how fat i am on your plane. smith also tweeted, i know i'm fat, but was the captain really justified in throwing me off a flight for which i was already seated? a spokesman for southwest tweeted back, hey, kevin, i'm so sorry for your experience tonight. hopefully we can make things right. a lot of southwest twitter feed is now focused on explaining the airline's policy on overweight passengers, which says that passengers must be able to fit in a seat with both armrests lowered. smith's response, i didn't even need a seat belt extender to buckle up. somehow that fit over my safety concern eed creating gut. he says he'll give southwest an earful on his pod cast tonight. what do you think about this? do you think maybe someone should be kicked off a plane
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because of their weight? i know a lot of you have strong opinions. april is writing my parents got on a flight with an overweight guy who literally made the plane tip. he had to get off so they could take the flight. if it's a safety issue you need to get off the plane. amy says airlines just need to realize that folks are big. i can say that because i am. they should make seats and rows for the larger person, this way we don't overflow on the person next to us. and marianne writes i think that's horrible. southwest should be ashamed of themselves. tell us what you think. should there be weight and size limits for airline passengers? e-mail us. logon to cnn.com/hln to find out how. you may see your comment on the air. check out these big waves. woosh! surfer's dream, right? it's not everyone's dream. wait until you see what some did to spectators.
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we've got your up close and personal i-report.
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ten americans jailed in haiti could hear tomorrow if they'll be granted bail. haiti's deputy attorney general will tell a judge if he recommends bail for a group. then the judge has to decide whether or not to grant it. ten missionaries are facing child trafficking charges for allegedly trying to take haitian kids out of that country without proper documentation.
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now, they say they were just trying to take the kids to safety in the dominican republic. dozens of people had to bail out of a train that caught fire last night. they evacyalted when the locomotive caught fire in morrisville, pennsylvania. one passenger said flames shot 15 feet in the air and heat from that fire brought down overhead power lines. and those were still live when firefighters got there. by the time the power was shut off, the fire did die out. the fire did disrupt amtrak service across the northeast. you want big waves at a surfing competition, right? but not so big that they endanger the spectators. two massive waves swept over crowds gathered on a sea wall at the maverick surf competition in half-moon bay. i-reporter scott anderson says he saw it comes, and he backed away, which is how he was able to grab photos of about 50 people being knocked into the
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sea and battered on the rocks. at least seven people suffered broken bones and a lot of others were pretty cut up. rescue workers got busy helping everyone out, but the competition did go on without interruption. a 30-story condo that was heavily damaged in the 2004 hurricanes was imploded in west palm beach, florida, today. the 1515 tower is the third tallest building to be imploded in the u.s. the city condemned the building more than five years ago and everyone who lived there was forced to move out. most of the people who live nearby did evacuate before today's blast to avoid getting hit by flying debris. a similar implosion took place in atlanta. today the 13-story mlk tower was brought down this morning. it was built in 1968 as a public housing complex. the last of its residents moved out several months ago, and now the building will be replaced by a mixed-income community.
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the cost of the implosion was more than $1.5 million. so, what happens when an expert in business branding has to recreate her own brand? mary snow talks with a woman who took her own advice and gave her business a big turnaround. >> okay. great. >> reporter: katherine calls herself a personal brand strategist. but her company that helped individuals create their own brand was struggling. >> so many people were out of jobs. they were afraid to invest in themselves and to work with a coach. >> she decided it was time for her own rebrand. she started pitching herself to large companies and found a new niche. >> i've been mainly targeting large companies, because a lot -- especially in this tough economic climate, a lot of large companies are still doing innovative programs for their employees. >> reporter: one of those
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companies, pepsico. like many in the recession they wanted to invest in training employees but didn't want the high-cost off-site workshops it held in the past. beverly heads up the company's women's initiative. >> in 2009 it was a tough year for all of us. and so what we were looking to do was do it in a way that would be cost-effective but reaching the most women we could. >> you always have to build your brand out of authenticity. >> reporter: kaputa presented a personal branding workshop at peps koe headquarters that was broadcast to 12 of the company's sites throughout the kunry. she says thanks to her new corporate focus her revenue increased 100% in the last year. >> it's been a very tough economy, but amazingly, i've had my -- 2009 was my best year. women tend to downplay their achievements. >> reporter: and caputa says any company can re-evaluate and refocus just like she did. >> really look at your brand. what does your company stand for? are you filling a need, a niche
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in the narcot in the marketplace, filling a gap that no one else can do? >> reporter: mary snow, cnn, new york.
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the u.s. and its allies turn up the heat on the taliban. we'll show you how their major offensive in southern afghanistan is going. southern states are not getting a lot of time to cope with last week's heavy snowfall. we're going to let you know when the next winter storm will blanket the south. director kevin smith is a big man in the world of independent films. but too big, it seems, for one airline. find out why the director of "clerks" got kicked off a plane. hln news and views. i'm holly firfer.
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15,000 coalition fighters are attacking the taliban from the air and ground for a second straight day today. offensive called o ration moshtarak was launched early yesterday. the troops include afghans, americans, britains, canadians, danes and estonians. national security adviser general james jones says the forces are using a different strategy this time than they have in the past. >> instead of clearing the area and leaving as we frequently did in the past, we now have -- our plans call for clearing the area, holding the area and then providing some building for the people. better security, better economic opportunity, better governments, more of an afghan phase. eventually, transitioning to full afghan sovereignty in those provinces. >> a u.s. military official says a u.s. marine and a british soldier were killed hours into that offensive. an afghan spokesman says 27 taliban fighters have been killed. nato forces announced the offensive before it started so
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that innocent people could get out of harm's way. but at least 12 civilians were killed when two rockets fired by coalition forces missed their intended target. we're learning more about a suspect in a university of alabama shooting. the police chief in braintree, massachusetts, says amy bishop anderson shot and killed her brother there in 1986 but was released. the police chief says some records call the shooting an accident. but he thinks some things just don't add up. he says another investigator told him anderson shot her brother during an argument. the chief also says anderson was released when a former police chief told officers to let her go. but the former chief denies that. and the case was referred to a prosecutor. >> there was a question. that's why we left it up to the d.a. because it would have ended up there anyway. whether it was issuing a
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possible homicide, possible murder, one degree or another, or manslaughter, we thought it best be done by handing it over to the d.a., airing an inquest and having them make an examination. as a result of the inquest, there was no warrant or complaint issued. >> anderson's mom served on the police personnel board back then. the former chief denies she had any influence on the investigation and says there was no cover-up. anderson is facing capital murder charges for allegedly killing three faculty members at the university of alabama's huntsville campus on friday. the university will reopen for employees this week. there are no classes yet. a lot of places that are not used to getting snow have really had their fill of it this weekend. guess what? they're about to get some more. winter weather advisories are in effect for a large section of the south. and another winter storm on its way. forecasters are warning people
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in the carolinas to be alert for freezing roads. and forecasters are warning people in mississippi, alabama and georgia to look out for more snow. advisories are up across the southeast where heavy snowfall is a rare treat. for a lot of kids in the south, it could just be another snow day. the snowfall in dallas was heavy enough to collapse a church roof. the sanctuary roof came down under the weight of about a foot of snow. church members say they're just glad this happened when the building was empty. >> the blessing is that, you know, nobody was here, that nobody was hurt. you know, because right there, that's where i sit. on the third row. and you have to look on the bright side of every dark situation. >> the cave-in was discovered on friday. other areas of the church were not damaged. two people were killed and one is missing in two separate avalanches in alaska. one of the men who was killed
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was jim bowls, who was head of the alaska operations for energy giant conoco phillips. he was buried in an avalanche near spencer glacier. a man who was with him is still missing. in another avalanche several miles away, a man cross country skiing with his dog was killed. the dog managed to escape. police in washington state are looking for a suspect who shot a state trooper. that trooper was helping another officer with a suspected dwi case and was waiting for a tow truck driver when he was shot. >> trooper johnson was able to return fire. we do not know if the suspect was hit. but the suspect fled the scene. the tow truck driver very courageously took off and chased the suspect. the suspect did take a shot at the tow truck driver. >> the trooper was transported to a portland hospital. he's still in stable condition. toyota says an independent inspection of its cars did not find any problems with the electronic throttle controls.
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the car maker posted those findings of an independent engineering consulting firm that it hired on its website. now, the firm analyzed toyota and lexus vehicles linked to unintended acceleration. and that report says the cars behaved normally or entered a fail safe mode where engine power was shut off or reduced. toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars for accelerator problem in the past two months. a tour bus in country singer trace adkins' entourage tour bus collided with a pickup near shreveport, louisiana, yesterday, killing two men. adki adkins' website says he was not on the bus but five members of his band and crew have minor injuries. that statement called this a tragedy. adkins scaled down his show in boesher city last night and canceled another concert in florida for tonight. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space. nasa's extending the mission so that the astronauts can do more
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work on the international space station. shortly after 3:00 this morning two "endeavour" astronauts completed a six-hour spacewalk installing new components on the space station. "endeavour" is now scheduled to return on february 21st. you're watching hln news and views. of course we bring you the news throughout the weekend. but we want your views, too. so we sent our own joe carter out to the street. >> i'm joe carter. we're taking it out of the newsroom and on to the street looking for strong opinions. do you have one? bring it on. there's a new study out that says women are making more money in the household than men. women are making more than their husbands. your thought of the general shift? >> they're getting paid what they should have been paid all along. >> i think that's more power to women. >> i think it might just be a reflection of where our economy is right now. >> if your wife is better at earning money, she has more education, she has a better career, and she enjoys doing it,
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let her do it. >> it definitely shouldn't matter. a man, if he's a man, he's going to be the man of his house regardless if he makes $50,000 and she makes $5 million. >> we're both sitting at the same table after work. >> for men who have difficulty and feel they've been emasculated, i think that's a man that never had a cause to look at himself and find himself as a man. >> when we grew up, it was believed that, you know, your dreams were to get married and have children. and now it's not like that, and i think that's really great that our children have better opportunities. >> i hope that at some point we become equals. and we're all able to make the amount of money compared to the job that we're able to do, how well we do it. >> i don't see a thing wrong with a woman making more money than a man. >> does it matter anymore? >> not to me. >> i don't want a woman to actually believe that her value comes from a man validating her. she may be able to go ahead and compete with that man and not worry about his sensitivity. >> do you feel you're positions
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yourself now to make more money than maybe your husband some day. >> i think that's a friendly competition there. but i like the odds. >> reporter: i'm joe carter. i'll see you on the street. a famous director says he was kicked off of a flight because of his size. do you think that's fair or discrimination? your views, next.
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team usa has its first gold at the winter games in vancouver. skier hannah kearney has won the wem's mogul free style title. another american, shannon bahrke won the bronze in that same event. canadian jennifer heil took
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silver. kearney's win was extra special because she didn't qualify for the finals in the 2006 games in tori torino. she's the first american to take the women's mogul gold since 1992. police arrested seven people when protests in vancouver turned violent yesterday. and officers say some protesters started smashing windows and threatening bystanders. a police crowd control unit moved in to break up some 200 protesters. some of those protesters say only a small number of them are actually causing trouble. >> 10 or 20 of these guys were destroying property. there were 150 people here. i saw protesters trying to stop these 10 or 20. >> many groups are using the olympics to promote their causes. police say that criminals often mix in with legitimate protesters. police are blaming yesterday's trouble on, quote, thugs promoting anarchy. harvard professor henry
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louis gates will have a permanent place in the new national museum of african-american history and culture thanks to his much-publicized arrest last year. see those handcuffs he's wearing? gates has donated them to the new smithsonian museum. he tells "the new york times" magazine the arresting officer gave him those cuffs when they met privately at a cambridge pub. director kevin smith is tweeting up a storm after getting kicked off a southwest flight. a flight attendant told smith the captain felt his weight was a safety risk. shortly after smith got on to another southwest flight and tweeted this photo of himself on board, saying, hey, southwest, look how fat i am on your plane. smith also tweeted, i know i'm fat, but was captain leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which i was
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already seated? a spokesman for southwest tweeted back, hey, kevin, i'm so sorry for your experience tonight. hopefully we can make things right. a lot of southwest's twitter feed is now focused on explaining the airline's policy on overweight passengers, which says that passengers must be able to fit in the seat with both armrests lowered. smith's response, i didn't even need a seat belt extender to buckle up. somehow that fit over my safety concern creating gut. he says he'll give southwest an earful on his podcast tonight. so what do you think? should someone be kicked off a plane because of their weight? a lot of you have strong opinions about this. first of all, jason writes there should be weight limits. it's their own fault they're big. fat people need to stop expecting others to feel sorry for them. we didn't stuff them full of big maces and chee toes to make them feel that way. jennifer says if the person was 600 pounds maybe that's too big to fly pip don't believe there
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should be restrictions on flying because of your weight. isn't that discrimination? carson writes, i think you should have to be a certain weight. i'm no doctor, but i'd imagine being too overweight could be bad for your health with all the pressure on the plane. tell us what you think. should there be weight and size limits for airline passengers? go ahead and e-mail us. logon to cnn.com/hln to find out how. and you may see your comment on the air. isn't it just so romantic when someone says tweet me? you can find that phrase on this year's sweetheart candies which are a huge valentine's day tradition. the candy maker held a poll and other favorites included text me and you rock. and new flavors like green apple, razz berry, strawberry and orange are in the mix. colors are brighter. if you want to reach out with sweetheart's there's an ap for that. plus candies now have their own
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twitter feed. a pilot heading to an airport takes an unexpected detour. why he had to land on a highway, and why it wasn't exactly a smooth touchdown.
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the indian government is blaming pakistani militants for the restaurant bombing that killed eight people. police say 60 people were hurt in that blast. the restaurant is a popular gathering place for people from other countries who are visiting the western city of pune. officials say the bomb was packed into a bag left at the
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restaurant. a waiter noticed it, but not in time to prevent that explosion. ten americans jailed in haiti could hear tomorrow if they'll be granted bail. haiti's deputy attorney general will tell a judge if he recommends bail for the group, and then the judge has to decide whether or not to grant it. ten missionaries are facing child trafficking charges for allegedly trying to take haitian kids out of that country without proper documentation. now, they say they were just trying to take the kids to safety in the dominican republic. dozens of people had to bail out of a train that caught fire last night. they evacuated when the locomotive caught fire in morrisville, pennsylvania. one passenger said flames shot 15 feet in the air. and heat from that fire brought down overhead powerlines, and those were still live when firefighters got there. by the time the power was shut off, the fire did die out. the fire did disrupt amtrak's service across the northeast.
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a pilot who lost power on the way to a california airport decided, well, i'll just land my plane on a highway. that landing shut down traffic on highway 50 for a while. but the pilot says the landing was almost perfect. >> i just started following traffic down the freeway. and if i hadn't nicked a car on the way in, i would have made the el dorado hills boulevard turnoff. >> thankfully neither the driver of the clipped car or the pilot was hurt. air force text sergeant who suffered burns over 80% of his body has reenlisted for four more years. he was told he would never walk again or breathe without the use of a respirator. after his humvee rolled over a roadside bomb in afghanistan in late 2005. he then spent three months in a coma, lost a few fingers and the use of his left hand. his will to survive prevailed. he says he spent the last four years convincing the air force
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to let him reenlist. he reported for duty earlier this week. you may have some more options if you need to fly overseas. the u.s. government is giving preliminary antitrust immunity to an airline alliance that flies to europe. that means several airlines could coordinate their routes and fares and fares on transatlantic flights. the agency says it could translate to lower fares and increased services. the one world alliance includes american airlines and british airways and it will be at least two months before a finally decision is made, however. everybody wants to save more, spend less, and so we've got just the guy that's going to help you. join hln money expert clark howard at 4:00 p.m. eastern. the "clark howard" show at 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln.
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a 30-story condo that was heavily damaged in the 2004 hurricanes was imploded in west palm beach, florida, today. the 1515 tower is the third tallest building to be imploded in the u.s. the city condemned the building more than five years ago, and everyone who lived there was forced to live out. most of the people who lived nearby did clear out to avoid getting hit by flying debris. a similar implosion took place in atlanta. today the 13-story mlk tower was brought down this morning. it was built in 1968 as a public housing complex. the last of its residents moved out several months ago and now the building will be replaced by a mixed income community. the cost of the implosion was more than a half million dollars. they're known for their honky tonk hits but brooks & dunn is known for more than
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that. one half of the duo shows us his other passion in life.
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